Rural schools such as Ranchvale important

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ranchvale Elementary School northwest of Clovis has quite a history. The first school in that area was located two miles east of present Ranchvale, taught by A.J. Reid. It was open only three months each year. In 1917-18, when four neighboring schools consolidated, they agreed to open Ranchvale Elementary School with […]

Parents’ concerns weighed by school board

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Budget concerns and community emotions are heavy on the minds of school board members Monday at the end of the first round of community meetings designed to collect feedback on the proposed consolidation of three Clovis elementary schools. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm proposed the school board close […]

Families protest proposed Ranchvale closure

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale student Devon Boddy stood in front of about 35 adults Thursday night. The microphone shook in his hands and his voice wavered as he asked the superintendent why she wanted to shut down his school. “This school is home to me,” said Devon, 10, in a neon-green T-shirt. […]

9/22 Education Calendar

Today: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., school officials will host a community discussion at Ranchvale Elementary about the proposed closure of this school. Monday: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Parent-Teacher Conference Day will be held at all elementary and secondary schools. Teachers will not be available from noon to 1 p.m. Monday: From […]

Superintendent proposes possible restructuring of district

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Ranchvale Elementary Attendance Secretary Cheryl Forrest works in the office Tuesday afternoon. “This school is cool. I am going to miss it … I truly love this school,” said Forrest about its possible closure. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teachers and staff wore black to Tuesday’s school board […]

Cannon loss would tear apart families, friendships

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Curtis Roberts of Clovis, right, talks with his mother Nelda Roberts at Mainline bowling alley in Clovis. Some residents are dismayed by the possibility of losing their military friends — and bowling partners. (AP photo: Ben Chrisman) By Anna Macias Aguayo: The Associated Press The thought of losing Cannon Air Force Base tugs at the […]

Lockmiller, LaRoy

LaRoy Lockmiller Services: Have been held. Mr. LaRoy Lockmiller, 64, of Clovis, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, in Curry County. He was born on Oct. 5, 1940, in Clovis, to Sam Otha “Tootie” and Pauline Lockmiller. He married Deanna Ritchey on Sept. 15, 1962, in Juarez, Mexico. He was a Ranchvale resident all of his […]

Jones, Daphnee

Daphnee Jones Services: Have been held. Daphnee Jane Jones, 52, of Clovis, died Friday, May 6, 2005, in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 16, 1952, in Abilene, Texas, to Robert Jack and Betty Jane Roberson Barrington. She married Michael E. Jones on June 8, 1969, in Midland, Texas. She was an office manager and […]

Ranchvale elementary’s future might hinge on Cannon closure

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Ranchvale Elementary kindergarten teacher Tonya Wilson tries to find the heartbeat of her daughter Aliyah Hawkins, 9, Friday as Wilson was cleaning out her classroom for the summer. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is nearer to the Cannon Air Force Base than the strip malls of Clovis. […]

Leatherwood, Donald

Donald Leatherwood Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Ranchvale Baptist Church. Mr. Donald W. Leatherwood, 69, of Farwell, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born April 17, 1935, in Lindsey, Okla., to John and Addie Fox Leatherwood. He married Jean Burchett on June 21, 1953, in Ranchvale. He was a Clovis […]